"We should expect this young woman to be more powerful than our average novice, possibly even more powerful than the average magician."
This year, like every other, the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city of undesirables. Cloaked in the protection of their sorcery, they move with no fear of the vagrants and miscreants who despise them and their work—until one enraged girl, barely more than a child, hurls a stone at the hated invaders . . . and effortlessly penetrates their magical shield.
What the Magicians' Guild has long dreaded has finally come to pass. There is someone outside their ranks who possesses a raw power beyond imagining, an untrained mage who must be found and schooled before she destroys herself and her city with a force she cannot yet control.
Topics: Trilogy, Australian Author, Adventurous, Dark, Magic, and Female Protagonist
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With that said, I loved it! The plot twists and turns were unexpected and thoroughly enjoyable. I immediately bought book 2 after I finished this one...
So now, I need to go to read it...more
This first book is a standard introduction to the rules and characters in a new magic-based world. Canavan does work in some vague social commentary, but it starts as an adventure story and continues on in the tradition of what I would call young adult fantasy. These seem aimed toward the adult fantasy market, but the themes are simple enough that I think I would have greatly enjoyed these as a tween. (Though the romance aspect may be slightly underplayed for the current tween fantasy market.) This first book really works to establish the characters and relationships and begin a vague introduction to the overarching plot of the trilogy, but not much really happens. The main character is sympathetic, though not very complex.more